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July 3, 2013

July 3, 2013
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Raging realtors

LOWER MERION, Pa. - Two real estate agents in a wealthy Philadelphia suburb are accused of tossing dead mice and snakes onto the lawn of their neighbor's house, which is up for sale. 

Police in Lower Merion also allege Jonathan and Andrea Straub were caught on video cutting branches off trees and knocking over 'For Sale' signs. They've been cited for disorderly conduct and harassment. 

The Straubs' three-bedroom home is also for sale, on the market for $1 million. 

The couple's attorneys say they're upstanding people who will fight the charges. William Davis Jr., who represents Andrea Straub, says the allegations are 'preposterous.' John List, who represents Jonathan Straub, says the surveillance tape shows someone who's unidentifiable. 

Police say the woman who lives at the home had been hospitalized, but a house sitter told her someone had been knocking over the 'For Sale' sign. 

TME 1. Throw vermin on lawn. 2. ????? 3. Profit.

Graft goodies

SANTA ANA, Calif. - An immigration officer has been indicted on charges that she took cash and egg rolls as bribes from immigrants seeking citizenship and green cards. 

Federal prosecutors say 47-year-old Mai Nhu Nguyen was indicted Wednesday on three counts of solicitation of a bribe by a public official. 

Prosecutors say Nguyen took 200 egg rolls from a citizenship applicant and received $1,000 and $2,200 bribes from two other immigrants since 2011. 

Nguyen worked as an officer for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in Santa Ana where she reviewed immigrants' applications for benefits. 

Nguyen was arrested June 6 and released on a $20,000 bond. She is set to be arraigned July 1. 

A message left for an attorney for Nguyen was not immediately returned. 

TME How many green cards for a pu pu platter?

The mother of all robberies

BYRON TOWNSHIP, Mich. - The FBI says a Michigan man who recognized his mom in surveillance photos of a bank robbery called police to turn her in. reports the man told police his mother was at his home in Kent County's Byron Township. 

Authorities say 53-year-old Dee Ann Sanders of Martin was charged Tuesday with robbing a Bank of America branch on June 18. 

Her arraignment is scheduled Thursday in Grand Rapids. 

A teller says the robber handed her a note demanding $2,500 for her children and grandchildren. She got $1,092. 

Surveillance photos show a woman wearing a bright red T-shirt with a large American flag on the front. 

FBI special agent Adam Van Deuren says Sanders confessed. 

It's unknown if she has a lawyer yet. She doesn't have a phone listing. 

TME It's like watching home movies, only with felonies.

A caffeinated christening

WEST HAVEN, Conn. - A Connecticut couple has named its baby with help from customers at a Starbucks coffee shop. 

Twenty-five-year-old Jennifer James and 24-year-old Mark Dixon of West Haven tell the New Haven Register they had been struggling between two names for the boy they are expecting in September. 

So they decided to put it to a vote. 

They placed signs at the Starbucks on the New Haven Green, where they are regulars, asking people to vote for either the name Jackson or Logan. 

They received about 1,800 votes in the coffee cup serving as a ballot box. The name Logan was favored by the customers, but ultimately both names won. 

The couple says it will name the baby Logan Jackson Dixon.

TME Heyat least it's not North West. 

Contraception criminality

ERIE, Pa. - Emergency dispatchers say a northwestern Pennsylvania man reported being robbed at knifepoint by two men who took only a condom from the victim. 

Erie police tell The Associated Press they have no new information to release about the incident. 

The Erie Times-News reports the incident happened about 10:30 p.m. on the city's East Side. 

Erie County emergency dispatchers confirmed the report, but offered no additional details. 

TME They take safe sex *very* seriously in Erie.

Meanwhile, in Delaware

NEWARK, Del. - Delaware State Police are looking for a man who ate a meal at a Newark restaurant and then robbed the business. 

It happened about 10:20 p.m. Thursday at Bugaboo Creek Steak House. Troopers say a man had finished his meal and received the check. 

The man went to the bar, implied that he had a gun and demanded money from the bartender. 

The bartender gave him cash and the robber ran away.

TME This is how you take 'dine and dash' to a whole new level. 

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